This morning was the first day of school for 3 of my 4 cute gremlins. Gremlin #4 and I will spend the day together cleaning up the house, running errands, and checking out what is left at Borders before it leaves our mall forever. (50% off on photography books? Yes, please!)
This morning after they had boarded their new buses safely, I checked my email, FB, etc. and found a great deal on tickets to something we had been wanting to do for 3 years now. So I got them. Happy 7th Anniversary to us! (A month late. Hey, when your schedules are like ours, you take what you can get...)
Next month, we will be going to Atlanta's Fabulous Fox Theatre to see:
WICKED will be the 11th time I have been to see a show at the Fox, and all but one of those were musicals. (The exception was when we went to see "An Evening with Tim Conway and Harvey Corman". We were probably the youngest people there, but we didn't care. I loved the Carol Burnett show!)
Other musicals I've seen at the Fox:
|1997, 2001, 2005 and 2010|
|1999 and 2001|
|1997 and 1999|
I want to take you back to my first memory of the Fox. It's one of the most special memories of my whole life. (And that's saying something.)
Picture a 15 year old high school sophomore, from a small town in West GA, head over heals in love with a boy. Not just any boy. The boy. Now picture that her parents have just given her permission to go on her very first date. Ever. With him. Boy's grandparents volunteer as ushers at Atlanta's Fox Theatre, a fine arts venue that she's grown up hearing about, but has never been to herself. Boy saved up all his summer job money and got them 5th row center orchestra seats to see Phantom of the Opera. (Dad comments later that the only way he could top that date was to marry me. Which, 8 years later, he did!)
The street entrance to the Fox is pretty unassuming, although the architecture of the buildings sides are amazing and eye catching, with domes and arched windows like something straight out of Aladdin. There's a marquee, of course, and the box office, but there isn't much outside to indicate the utter opulence that awaits the theatre-goer once they proceed through to the lobby.
|Outside Atlanta's Fox Theatre|
These photos do not do the interior one shred of justice. See that blue "sky" in the picture above? It has twinkle lights all through it so that you are standing under a night sky, gazing up at the stars! Stars!!!
Now, photography of any kind is not allowed inside the theatre during the shows. This is an understandable standard procedure practiced by thousands of venues everywhere. So you'll have to go back to using your imagination, with those two press photos as a reference point. Imagine me, completely awestruck by all of this gold and red plush grandeur, sitting in (arguably) one of the best seats in the house, as the famous chandelier - which is an intrical part of the Phantom story and show- rises from the stage during the overture and rests 60 feet above, directly over my head.
|This is the show chandelier pre curtain rise.|
If you are ever in the Atlanta area, PLEASE GO HERE!!! The building itself has a long and rich history; there are guided tours you can take as well. If you are at all able, come and see a Broadway musical here. You will not be disappointed! As for me, September 22nd just can't come fast enough! :)